Current debates over whether the world is experiencing a revolutionary wave assume a past history of such waves yet rarely examine in any depth the historical record. In their first essay of a three-part series on the subject, Laurence Cox and Alf Gunvald Nilsen look at revolutionary waves in history.
In the aftermath of events in Ferguson, Missouri, a newly released edition of a key text of the black liberation canon, 'Assata: An Autobiography', is a necessary reminder of how potently the echoes of the civil rights era remain with us today, argues Terence Elliott-Cooper.
Nafeez Ahmed examines how the rise of ISIS was both predicted and evitable, and argues the West's current military campaign is already being used to neuter mass surveillance reforms at home and will likely produce further political destabilisation in the region.
Andrew Robinson examines the conditions for the emergence of an Event through the lens of Badiou's theory of social exclusion, and explains why, for Badiou, a truly revolutionary process must begin from the standpoint of the worst-off.
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- Books | Review |’Assata: An Autobiography’ by Assata Shakur
- Special Report | Story of a War Foretold: Why we’re fighting ISIS
- An A to Z of Theory | Alain Badiou: The Excluded Part and the Evental Site
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In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Aug 18, 2014 17:09 - Comment
In his latest examination of the work of the Alain Badiou, Andrew Robinson explores an important aspect of Badiou’s ontology, and a central one to his political writings: the State. Robinson explains why Badiou’s concept of the state is both political and ontological, why the state is the enemy of the Event, and why Badiou both wishes to, and yet often feels unable to, call for the destruction of the state.
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Film & TV, New in Ceasefire - Aug 29, 2014 12:32 - 2 Comments
Interview | Film | Annemarie Jacir: “I’m not interested in showing the West that ‘Palestinians are humans, too’”
Award-winning Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir talks to Ceasefire’s Jumanah Younis about her latest film, the critically acclaimed ‘When I Saw You’, recently released in the UK.